Fireworks: Flashes of Insight into Fiction

Che Daaihpaau: boast, talk big; tell a lieMany Cantonese words and expressions come from ancient times.  The characters used back then have become so rare that they've been changed to homophones.  In che daaihpaau, the original che means "to boast" and paau signifies "to fool people with exaggeration."  Nowadays, the words "chariot" and "big cannon" have replaced the characters.Speaking of booming cannons, I watched a beautiful fireworks show this past 4th of July.  It lasted 30 minutes, which a … [Read more...]